General Practitioner

Improving and safeguarding Public Health

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A primary remit for CPRD is to realise the research potential of anonymised NHS healthcare data. Both observational (data) and interventional studies deliver research outputs beneficial to improving and safeguarding patient and public health.

Having access to data on a very large population is extremely important as it enables research on rare diseases and importantly rare outcomes. New medications are becoming ever more powerful and there is a regulatory requirement to monitor the risk/benefit in everyday real world use. This can be done more easily and faster with access to a large population data set. Additionally, as medicines become more personalised and the granularity of the data increases, it is important to use data from as many practices as possible.

We invite all practices to become a partner with CPRD, enabling the use of data in major observational and interventional studies and also ensuring that CPRD helps practices develop, improve and extend their involvement in ensuring that current practice is solidly based upon research findings.

Practice and Patient Confidentiality

The anonymity of GPs and patients is paramount in all CPRD activities. All patient data received by CPRD is anonymised. The CPRD software programmes used to extract information from GP systems do not collect any structured identifiable information. In addition, researchers using CPRD never have access to any information that could identify patients, their doctors or general practice. Linkages of GP data to other data is done via our approved Trusted Third Party.

Benefits for Partner Practices
  • Submitting data to CPRD is an easy way to contribute to important public health research and is an indicator of a practice being research active
  • By contributing data, practices help realise the benefits to the NHS and all its stakeholders of better/faster research that in turn translates to improved evidence-based patient care and potential new medicines
  • Data feedback from CPRD can help improve the research data quality of practice data, which may help to stimulate improvements in QoF or other similar schemes
  • Practices can generate research revenues through involvement in studies such as those requiring validation, sample collection, or patient questionnaires